Sorry to get a little blunt here. Let’s be honest: even though your wedding day will be one of the most exciting days of your life, it will be the most stressful. And why wouldn’t it be? You’ve been planning for almost a year (give or take) to make this day go as smoothly as possible. You’ve already trained yourself to notice a tiny problem before it becomes a huge catastrophe. And while this can be a good thing, it can also mean you won’t enjoy your wedding, so here are a few tips to help keep you grounded and de-stress on your wedding day.

Tips to De-Stress On Your Wedding Day

1.) Delegate. You can only be responsible for so many things on your wedding day. There is just too much to deal with! So hand out specific roles to trusted family and friends or bridal party members. Not only is this a great way to help you forget about trivial issues, but it’s also a great way to involve anxious family members. Can’t find one of your bridesmaids? Call on your mother-in-law. You know she will be chomping at the bit to do something.

2.) Know your vendors. When you hire professionals, it takes stress off of yourself. Ensure you have seen all the proper licenses and certifications and plenty of references before hiring them. Also, ensure you get everything you agreed upon in writing. Then sit back and let them do their job.

3.) Be organized. Weddings are chaotic, and the best way to help yourself is to be organized. Your photographer will take pictures of various still-life aspects of your wedding, including your bridal bouquet, wedding dress, and shoes. Knowing where all these things are and having them set up before the photographer arrives will save everyone some headaches. In addition, knowing where other essential items are (your vows, rings, etc.) will help you relax before you walk down the aisle.

4.) Stay within budget. Brides are so stressed because they exceeded their budget. Staying within budget will ensure that you won’t be walking down an aisle lined with orchids thinking to yourself, “Damn, I’m sure rose petals would’ve worked just fine…”

5.) Accept what cannot be changed. Sorry to say, but something will go wrong. It’s not anyone’s fault, it’s not a result of poor planning, and it’s nothing anyone can prevent. Maybe your bouquet begins wilting before your wedding pictures are complete. Oh well. Things happen, so let it go and focus on the good like you’re getting married today!

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